Some of the best clips that grace highlight reels in football are of ball carriers getting the snot knocked out of them, completely punished by a bone-jarring hit from a defender. In Florida, Wakulla high school linebacker Nigel Bradham is that defender. He's big, he's fast, and his hits are brutal. GoBlueWolverine took some time to talk to this elite linebacker.
The linebacker position is the top position of need defensively for Michigan for this upcoming recruiting class. Nigel Bradham definitely fits the criteria. Already rated as the Number One junior linebacker in the nation by Scout.com, Nigel is 6-2, 225 pounds and runs a 4.52 40 yard dash. "I play linebacker, but I also can run the ball, and my coach puts me at receiver some times too," he told GBW.
Nigel racked up 150 tackles last season, including 4 interceptions, all of which he returned for touchdowns. Nigel models his playing style after NFL pro-bowler and Baltimore Raven linebacker Ray Lewis and NFL pro-bowler and Tampa Bay Buccaneer linebacker Derrick Brooks. "My playing style is fast and physical. I'm a hard-hitter that can get to the ball and make plays." Certainly, an ideal candidate for Michigan defensive coordinator Ron English who has implemented an attacking defense that is based on playing fast, physical, and punishes offenses. One thing that you can't teach someone is the linebacker mentality and that nasty competitive attitude. Nigel's confidence and swagger is evident when asked what his weaknesses are, "No weaknesses. I'd like to work on getting faster though."
Off the field, this gridiron animal is a very polite and hard working young man who also excels in school. Nigel currently carries a 3.2 GPA and may even be a winter '08 enrollee to the college of his choice.
Nigel intends on doing a lot of traveling over the next few months and summer trying to visit every college that's interested in him. Moreover, he doesn't anticipate making a decision any time soon because he wants to make sure that he is comfortable in his decision.
Bradham has also set some goals for next season such as winning a state championship and being voted Mr. Football in the state of Florida.
For an out-of-state school like Michigan, getting a commitment from an elite player out of the state of Florida, like Nigel Bradham is a difficult task, however, Nigel firmly stated, "I will go wherever there is immediate playing time and a good linebacker coach that can help take me to the next level."
And so GBW asked him three pertinent questions:
Are you interested in Michigan?
What interests you about Michigan?
"Their history and tradition."
Do you have a group of schools that you are most interested in or that currently stand out?
"Yes, Michigan is in my top three with FSU and Florida."
Fla's Top LB Has U-M Near the Top
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